It's hard to blame the Knicks if things have gotten a little stressful for Mike Woodson's club recently.
New York is attempting to keep pace in the brutal Eastern Conference without All-Star big man Tyson Chandler, who recently broke a bone in his leg, and so far the Knicks have stumbled out to a 3-4 start.
But not to worry, the Knicks have a traveling stress reliever. Knicks fans may have noticed a French Bulldog sitting behind the bench for certain games, and as it turns out the pooch may actually serve an important purpose.
Via Tina Cervasio, an MSG Network reporter:
Polo, a French Bulldog -Therapy Dog is sitting behind the #Knicks bench w a NYK jersey on. He seems muscular. I wonder how he plays defense?
— Tina Cervasio (@TinaCervasio) November 14, 2013
Here's Polo at Wednesday's Knicks-Hawks game in Atlanta (via @cjzero):
Who let the dog in? pic.twitter.com/rIgVmFHaFg
— 3030 (@jose3030) November 14, 2013
— Tina Cervasio (@TinaCervasio) November 15, 2013
Polo's exact duties are unclear, but it appears as though he may have some connection to the team. After all, dogs are not normally allowed in NBA arenas.
It's often thought that dogs can help relieve stress, so maybe Polo hangs around to help players take their minds off the game.
(H/T to Larry Brown Sports)